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How do I stay free from smoking once I've completed treatment?

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to quit smoking, and it can be difficult to stay cigarette free once you’ve quit. Realizing that there will be cravings and temptations down the road is key and planning ahead will help. When you have a craving, distract yourself by removing yourself from the situation, calling a friend, or keeping your hands and mouth busy with a healthy snack. Also know that if you have a slip-up, think of it as a one-time mistake and don’t use it as an excuse to resume smoking.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The best way to stay free from smoking after you've completed treatment is to find better ways to occupy your time. Let's face it, smoking is as much a habit as it is a physical addiction. Your treatment with medication or counseling helps you overcome physical withdrawal and your dependence on nicotine. Now, your challenge is overcoming the reasons why you smoked in the first place -- usually boredom, stress or satisfying some other need. Replace the habit of reaching for a cigarette with exercise, new hobbies or yard work. Make better choices about your time, and you can remain an ex-smoker for life.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

You will begin to return to normal, and by 5 years you will have recovered 7/8ths of the aging smoking has done to you.  You will begin to enjoy sex more, begin to look younger, and begin to have more vigor and less medical problems such as back pain, etc., in life.

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